The race for governor is on

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — And the race is on. As predicted here a few days ago, narrowing the Republican gubernatorial race to two candidates  has meant they’re pulling out all the stops.

Both Allen Weh and Susana Martinez  surely had been doing internal polling to determine approximately how their campaigns were faring,

But a poll by Brian Sanderoff, the dean of New Mexico pollsters, can be trusted to present information second only to the actual election. Every state’s voters have their unique characteristics. Sanderhoff polls are designed to control for all those variables.

So when the Sanderoff poll showed Martinez and Weh in a statistical tie and miles ahead of the other three competitors, the war was on between the two leaders.

It took a long time. Some observers called it the longest truce ever. That is almost true. Former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson was known for running the cleanest campaigns ever.

Those who can remember back to the Ronald Reagan years probably recall his 11th commandment about never speaking ill of a Republican opponent. Consider that out the window now.

Both Weh and Martinez have invested too much effort and resources into getting where they are now. Both were holding fire until they could claim the other one started it.

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